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exploring the mental health journeys of individuals to heal the disorder in our collective humanity

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exploring the mental health journeys of individuals to heal the disorder in our collective humanity

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    #45: Beginner's Mind — Maya Choi

    #45: Beginner's Mind — Maya Choi

    Please enjoy this (possibly final) episode of Redeeming Disorder, featuring my first friend in my new home (Vilcabamba, Ecuador), Maya Choi. Maya has lived quite an adventurous life, growing up in Korea, spending over a decade in New York City and living now in Ecuador, where she’s also been for over a decade. Her experiences shifting between cultures have taught her how to relate to the identity of the self, as has extensive meditation, through which she’s always maintained a “beginner’s mind.” From her exposure to Zen monasteries as a child to her personal practice today, meditation has always been a way for Maya to, rather than escaping or merely transcending the world, relate to the world with more joy, gratitude and generosity. That spirit and those qualities are reflected at the site of our interview — the Sukkha Wasi cultural center she started — as well as in Maya herself.

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    Video of Our Conversation on YouTube


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    #44: Happy World Mental Health Day! — Kailey O'Connor

    #44: Happy World Mental Health Day! — Kailey O'Connor

    On this World Mental Health Day, I'm joined by my partner Kailey to reflect on anxieties, bad habits and True Love.

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    Links from the Episode:

    Video of Our Conversation on YouTube

    Video of Our Conversation on BitChute

    Rapper Played in Background for a Minute

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    • 32 min
    #43: Eternaculture, Permaculture and the New Earth — Phil Larstone

    #43: Eternaculture, Permaculture and the New Earth — Phil Larstone

    Phil Larstone has always felt a deep calling to steward the earth, and it's here in southern Ecuador that he ultimately actualized that calling, renewing a hectare of land into fertile, biodiverse and beautiful permaculture. In this interview he takes us through his journey of mental health and connection to nature — from suicidal college student, to Hawaiian permaculture student to creator of "eternaculture" (and AirBnB host extraordinaire!). Not only that, but in the video content linked below, Phil shares his inspirations and shows us his creation visually.
     
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    Links from the Episode:

    Video Tour of Phil's and Suzannah's Land on YouTube

    Video Tour of Phil's and Suzannah's Land on BitChute
     
    Eternaculture at Canción del Corazón (the name of Phil’s and Suzannah’s center, which translates to “Song of the Heart”)

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    • 2 hr 7 min
    Happy Summer Solstice and Father’s Day from this Crazy Ayahuasquero

    Happy Summer Solstice and Father’s Day from this Crazy Ayahuasquero

    In this special Summer Solstice + Father’s Day solo-cast, I ramble (on and on) about permaculture, my Ecuadorian digs, my life purpose and my spiritual path. Feel free to tune out of this chronicle of unwieldy personal musings, or to stop listening at any time! For those who are interested, I delve into some of the particular challenges, vulnerabilities and neuroses of my individual psyche — especially the content that arose in my January 2021 work with Ayahuasca in Ecuador.
     
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    Links from the Episode:

    Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    #42: The Importance of Feeling Understood — Ṣadé (Elizabeth) Kammen

    #42: The Importance of Feeling Understood — Ṣadé (Elizabeth) Kammen

    Ṣadé Kammen has struggled with neurodivergence all her life, but what she now identifies as depression, anxiety and autism spectrum disorder weren't taken seriously by her family. Though she struggled to feel understood growing up, she went on to become a strong mental health advocate at Yale, and today fights for those dealing with mental disorder as well as those dealing with social injustice. The latter has unfortunately been predominant in Ṣadé’s experience as a black queer woman facing racism and gender biases, and she views Survivor — the medium through which we connected to have this interview — as a powerful lens into these shadow sides of our culture. Shadows (at least large cultural ones) don’t disappear overnight, and Ṣadé's struggles with some strained relationships (being currently estranged from her mother) persist. Nonetheless, she has developed coping strategies as well as learned how to live in the present moment, in her body (which keeps the score — great book by the way). The Body Keeps the Score is just one and the Harvard implicit bias test is just another of many great resources in the show notes this week.

    My interview with Ṣadé marks a point of pause for Redeeming Disorder. I’ll be back later this summer once I’ve set myself up to podcast from southern Ecuador! There, I’ll be practicing, writing and learning about regenerative farming and permaculture.

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    Intro Music: All is Well by Austin Basham

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    Links from the Episode:

    Harvard Implicit Bias Test
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    The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
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    The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
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    Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
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    Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Ted Talk Ṣadé mentions
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    Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Journal Article Ṣadé Mentions
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    Social Baseline Theory: The Role of Social Proximity in Emotion and Economy of Action by Beckes and Coan
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    Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT) at the Emory Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics with Lobsang Tenzin Negi
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    Trailer for Kiss the Ground

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    #41: Letting Down the Emotional Walls — Frank Ferrare

    #41: Letting Down the Emotional Walls — Frank Ferrare

    Frank Ferrare’s mental health struggles began in adolescence, but a combination of stigma and confusion extended them well into adulthood. The death of a close grandparent led to depression, which began a chain reaction of one ramification leading to another — depression medication, shame around medication, misuse of medication, shame around mental disorder, shame around self, and ultimately the construction of dense emotional walls. Frank wound up socially isolated and misunderstood, but in the end, his story if a hopeful one. Outlets like watching Survivor formed a bridge back to human connection for him, and the human connections he made in his everyday life formed a bridge to self-acceptance. His is a story of learning to become comfortable with himself, coming to peace with his mental health challenges and letting down his emotional walls.

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    • 2 hr 9 min

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103 Ratings

103 Ratings

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